Opera 10 Alpha 1 Released

By | December 4, 2008

This is it folks, the first official Opera 10 build is here! I can’t wait to try it. Quick changelog:

Presto 2.2 Engine
Performance boost
100/100 and pixel-perfect on the Acid3 test
Inline spelling checker
Opera Mail improvements, including rich text composition and delete after X days
Widget Improvements on Linux

For mode details, check this post.


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

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  1. Ok, as for now. I expected something more from Opera 10. Where is improved interface?

    Auto-update and inline spelling checker are nice features but they were ages ago on other web browsers. So It should’ve been Opera 9.7 or so…

    Still playing with it.. Only first impressions.

  2. Derby says:

    Ironic, word “inline” isn’t in Opera dictionary…

  3. Gabry says:

    @Vygantas Lipskas

    Look at this: http://www.opera.com/browser/next/ on the bottom of the page, there is a timeline with hypothetical development…

  4. Lomas says:

    I am running Opera 10 Alpha on Fedora 10… so far so good… and scores 100 out of 100 in acid3 test…

  5. Got it Gabry! Thanks. Can’t wait for beta then ;-)

    P.S. New “upgrade” and Opera 10 pages looks nice.

  6. Lomas says:


    Errors found while checking this document as HTML 4.01 Transitional!Result: 9 Errors

    Opera 10 choose opera page failed Markup validation test… hopefully they will fix that as soon as possible… :)

  7. Dinux says:

    Using about 30min. on Archlinux. And, i think, it works faster.

  8. nobody says:

    while i still think it is too little to late, i have to say: webfonts ROCK! it is an amazing concept, solving so many different problems all at once.

    good work opera, webfonts are the future (i hope)

    inline spellcheck is nice, however i think that the dictionary should be checked itself (it lacks many basic words), maybe it is only a part of it?

    BTW. for the FIRST time in opera history i wasn’t ashamed to show opera installer image to 3rd party. because previous ones were.. less than cool. this one is neat.

  9. slappr says:

    @Vygantas Lipskas

    Yeah, I’m sure it’s “9.7” if you ignore all the improvements to the engine. Which you seem to do.

  10. Tim Altman says:

    Please stop copying posts verbatim from the Opera Desktop Team blog. Write your own content.

  11. Did it hurt you in any way? I thought I was helping you be spreading word about Opera 10 Alpha. Looks like not.

    Since you are from Opera Software, let me know.

  12. Tim Altman says:

    It’s generally a good idea to attribute copied work, even if a site doesn’t have a copyright notice. The Desktop Team blog does not send out press releases.

    Also, the Desktop Team does sometimes update blog posts. If you’ve copied an early draft, some of the information in your post may be incorrect. Thus, it’s better to write your own content, such as a short summary, and refer to the blog post for additional information.

  13. new says:

    Ive been using Opera 10 alpha since yesterday and have found it be a bit faster. The spell check is good and they have promised more improvements before the final is released , like changing dictionaries easily. I think they wouldn’t be showing the new interface till the final beta atleast, if the 9.5 interface is any indication.
    The new Opera 10 pages look so cool. I hope Opera 10 gets more coverage this time, coz most sites ignore Opera completely.

  14. Tim,

    I had included a link to the original blog post at the begining, will make it more clear next time, thanks for your feedback.

  15. nobody says:

    played with it a little longer, well, no mainstream site, that was unusable in 9.6 series is usable in 10 series, so nothing changed in terms of site compatibility

    new debugging options in dragonfly are neat, but they are still far cry to firebug, and with current pace of development i dont think that is going to ever change

    and what is most dissapointing, new features included are mostly features present in ALL OTHER browsers for years. that really shows how much opera is loosing on not leting people do their job (no extensions) – they have to split precious manpower on minor tasks like updating speed dial or something, when it could have been better used on autoupdate, that is critical stuff

    what is more critical, opera STILL doesnt work with silverlight, that is pathetic, because it is now the only windows browser that doesnt. even linux users can use moonlight for SL 1, and soon also SL 2. what with opera? guys, wake up!

  16. Tim Altman says:

    @Vygantas: Thank you.

  17. Brian says:

    The browser seems faster than opera 9, but I can’t even visit Yahoo with this browser (only opera 9 recognized). That’s the biggest problem with Opera for me… there are a lot of sites that don’t bother supporting it, so ultimately I have to open sites in Firefox. Things like doing an advanced search in Ebay… and then pressing “BACK” and trying to alter just a few search terms (instead of doing the whole search process input again) to do a different search will work in all browsers except Opera.